Postdoc Position in Care Education, Sociology – Aarhus, Denmark

    Postdoc Position in Care Education, Sociology - Aarhus, Denmark

    Postdoc position: Building High-Quality EC Systems Supported by International Evidence (BESSIE) is available at The Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University, Denmark. (Education Job)

    Deadline to Apply

    Jun 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Early childhood and care education
    – Education
    – Anthropology
    – Philosophy
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceThe Danish School of Education (DPU),
    Aarhus University, Denmark.
    Contract Period30 months
    Starting dateSept 01, 2021 or ASAP


    • PhD degree or equivalent qualifications in early childhood and care education, education, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, or a related discipline within the humanities or social sciences
      The successful applicant must also document:
    • Proven skills in qualitative research methods and data analysis
    • Experience of interdisciplinary collaboration
    • The ability to collaborate in research teams
    • The ability to initiate relevant activities in an academic environment
      It is an advantage if applicants can also document: 
    • Theoretical and conceptual understanding and analysis of national and international ECEC contexts
    • Knowledge and experience of working and researching within the humanities
    • Applicants must be fluent (or near fluent) in spoken and written English and Danish

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    • Develop an independent research agenda related to the project topic
    • Collaborate and co-author articles with the other project members
    • Initiate and organise activities with the project group, affiliated students and the academic world at large (co-organise and participate in research conferences, seminars and webinars as well as related activities)
    • Contribute to the writing of funding applications.

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click APPLY ONLINE button mentioned above.

    Documents Required

    The application must outline the applicant’s motivation for applying for the position, attaching

    • Curriculum vitae
    • A teaching portfolio
    • A complete list of published works
    • Copies of degree certificates and examples of academic production (mandatory, but no more than five examples).
      Please upload this material electronically along with your application.

    About Research project

    The BESSIE project aims to promote greater quality, relevance and cohesion across the early childhood education and care (ECEC) system in Denmark, ensuring that every child can flourish and reach their full potential. In recent years, international research within both the neuro and social sciences has generated solid empirical evidence of the impact of the early years on health, educational achievement and employment later in life. Consequently, investment in ECEC has received an increasingly pivotal position on policy agendas all around the world. Supporting high-quality ECEC services has become an urgent priority – not only in terms of rights and values, but also to ensure social and economic well-being.

    In Denmark, where 95% of children attend an ECEC institution, the sector is traditionally vested with very high expectations. There is a pressing demand from both policymakers and stakeholders for more effective ECEC services, posing new and urgent research questions about how the need for affordable childcare can be effectively harmonised with high-quality education for all young children.

    Investigating the effectiveness of ECEC represents a considerable challenge, as designing and implementing high-quality ECEC services implies examining different disciplinary paradigms, organisational models and economic choices that relate to structural conditions as well as sociocultural variables. Furthermore, government initiatives in this sector are scattered across various institutional bodies at the national and local level, which traditionally focus on isolated problems and programmes. In this regard, recent international comparative research provides a new conceptual framework supported by theory of change, according to which positive and lasting outcomes of ECEC can be ensured by reframing services as a comprehensive system based on four main dimensions: quality, equity, efficiency and sustainability.

    With this framework as a jumping-off point, this research project will help define and operationalise the above-mentioned dimensions through the development of evidence-based indicators and strategies promoting high-quality ECEC services at the national level and enabling systematic international comparison.

    About the Department

    The postdoc will be part of the project team. In connection with the project, the postdoc will help carry out a cross-country analysis of ECEC systems and policies to identify the essential indicators and strategies favouring the development of high-quality ECEC services. Moreover, the postdoc will contribute to the analysis of available sources to acquire a detailed overview of the evolution and current status of ECEC services in Denmark. Finally, leveraging the system of indicators and strategies as applied to the Danish case, the postdoc will help develop guidelines aimed at improving the effectiveness of the Danish ECEC system and policies.

    Depending on the academic background and previous research experience of the successful applicant, the postdoc contribution to the project will be oriented to the use of quantitative and qualitative methods addressed to achieve a systematic meta-review of literature, develop a case description, and conduct and analyse interviews with key informants.


    • The application must include a 2-3 page proposal for a postdoctoral research project about the development of evidence-based indicators and strategies promoting high-quality ECEC services at both a national and international level. It must be possible to complete the project within a 30-month period, and it must fit into the overall project (please read and connect with the project description, as mentioned above, which may be obtained by contacting PI Fabio Dovigo).
    • Please note that applications that do not include uploaded publications (maximum five) will not be considered.


    Principal investigator Fabio Dovigo

    Official advertisement

    Postdoctoral position: Building High-Quality EC Systems Supported by International Evidence (BESSIE)

    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday July 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)